Proof

Have you ever been in that “spring cleaning” mood? Over the weekend I was. I’ve been sick for the last few days and I thought a deep cleaning of our bedroom would make me feel better. My idea was to wash everything on our bed (comforter, sheets, pillows etc) and do major vacuuming, mopping of the floor and dusting.

In doing so, I pulled out my night table to get the dust that collected. At first, I found some test strips which I had expected. They tend to fall on the floor when I’m checking my blood sugars at 3:00am. What I found next I was not expecting…

I found proof behind our bed that a diabetic lives here.

Proof that a Type 1 Diabetic Lives Here | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

Look at all those juice box wrappers! A whole bunch of them behind my bed.

Yup, you’d think a child slept in this bed. You’d think I never cleaned. And you’d think I’m a slob.

Well, I’m not. I’m just a type 1 diabetic trying to correct a low blood sugar in the middle of the night.

Middle of the Night

Dear Dexcom, Omnipod and my body — I hate these middle of the night lows!  It’s now 3:30am and I am now wide awake.

I had my typical-middle-of-the-night-alarm set to check my blood sugar level. My meter said I was 52mg/dL. My Dexcom said I was 49mg/dL. Whoops, how did that happen? For how long have I been like this? How did i miss it? It’s for nights like these that I love my Dexcom.

Tonight, we somehow missed hearing Dex vibrate and alerting that I was low. I guess my husband and I were both in a deep sleep. Middle of the Night Low Blood Sugars | www.IAmAType1Diabetic.com

I am not complaining, just annoyed with how frequently it does happen. Thank you Dexcom for catching my low blood sugar before it could be much much worse. I am proud to say that my blood sugars are much more controlled since using Dexcom (and having my hubby sleep next to me!) Now, I’m back off to sleep.

Gaining Control

With the use of Dexcom and advice from my endocrinologist, I have been watching my blood sugar levels much more tightly lately. My a1c from an endocrinologist visit 3 months ago was 7.3% (average BG of 163mg/dL). Recently, it has gone down to a 6.9% (average BG of 151mg/dL). With that extra encouragement from my doctor (and my husband), I feel like I can get it into a ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ range more quickly than ever before. In case you want to find out your a1c to blood sugar ratio, click here for a niffy little calculator.

Last night, I changed the settings on my Dexcom. It was set to alert for a LOW blood sugar at 70mg/dL, and a HIGH at 170mg/dL. Looking back on yesterday, I did not have one high blood sugar!! Wahoo! That is a huge accomplishment for whatever type of diabetic you are. I decided to change the settings on my Dexcom, with a HIGH of 150mg/dL to gain even tighter control.

Gaining Control of my Type 1 DiabetesRight now, I have reached my HIGH alert. I just had a LOW and may have over calculated. With my old calibrations, Dexcom wouldn’t have been going off yet. Instead, I have tested my blood sugar and already given myself insulin. On top of it all, I have decreased the rapid incline of the double arrows up to a slower increasing arrow of where my blood sugar levels are headed.

In the last couple days, I have felt like a super-woman — completely on top of my blood sugar levels! Hopefully I can stay on this positive track and get my a1c down even further.

Whoops!

Sometimes we just can’t help it! We go around a corner to quickly and rip a pod off our arm. We pull down our pants a little to quick to use the bathroom, and there goes our dexcom sensor.

Dexcom & Omnipod fails! | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

Yup, this has been a bad week for me with all my diabetes gadgets. At least I got a good run outta this dexcom sensor. It hasn’t been wasted, and I got my money’s worth by using some skintac. Just needed to share. #diabeticprobs